In an audition, finding the right piece to perform is the hardest part yet. Contrary to popular belief, what would work wonders in the context of an actual production will do nothing to help with your auditions. If anything, it just might make your job even harder. But before you throw in the towel and give into the thoughts of defeat going through your mind right now, read this piece to the very end. Your hope and love for the arts just might be renewed. Find some tips to help you succeed in your monologue audition.
Choose material that fits you at the moment
You should at all costs choose material that is appropriate for your age. Why is this important? Well, a monologue that is age appropriate will help to highlight your strengths and express your uniqueness in the best of lights. It is very important that we point out, ‘age appropriate; in this article is meant in the sense of what you read and not your actual age. If you are 26 and read 17, you should choose a monologue of a teenage boy/girl. You should rock this type until your type changes. Do not force change during the audition but rather let it happen naturally. Working with your type and age will give you a competitive edge in the auditions.
Choose an active monologue
The monologue you choose should be active and be in the moment. It should not be one of a memory or telling a story of another. A piece in which the persona wants somethings from another partner in the scene or is having a Eureka moment is perfect for an audition. The higher the stakes are for your character the better it is for you.
Do not be nonlinear experimental work
This is pretty much common sense but it happens all too frequently. The exception of course is if you are actually asked to do so given the nature of the show that you will be auditioning for, but aside from the exceptions, and for many auditions like those the Ruhr Revue calls for, you should never choose experimental work.
It is very difficult for judges, even renowned professionals in the industry to tell of your acting skillset from a poetic monologue. It is difficult to tell what your type is or even what your unique edge as an actor is. Decisions are made from how you work the texts. So if the texts are impossible to make out and follow when they are out of context, there is no way your work can be evaluated.
Choose a piece that shines the spotlight on your acting and not on any other skill
From your resume, the judges can tell that you have movement skills for instance. As such, if the part that you are auditioning for requires that you have strong movement skills, you will get the part or worst case scenario get a call back if your acting was good enough. It is not beneficial to have unnecessary movements in your auditions as these will only distract you from the acting, making you look bad altogether.
Never choose a monologue from a piece you have performed before
Using a piece you have performed before may sound easy, but the truth is, it is hard and can be very tricky. For any monologue audition, it is best that you start from scratch. Make the monologue its own mini play as opposed to being a part of a bigger play.
Do not do a monologue you wrote yourself or one that is not from a dramatic literature
Sure, you probably believe in your writing talents. Heck, it probably even won the state speech finals. But regardless it is not a great choice. A winner piece or not, that is not the point for the judges. It will not provide them with anything to go on as they make their decision. You may perform it even better than you did in the states finals but it won’t do you any good as it will not provide the judges with the information they require.
With the above tips, you are bound to nail the monologue auditions. Be on the lookout for when there are slots.